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Brenton, Wertenbaker and Churchill take part in Playwright Presents at Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PLAYWRIGHT Presents, a project involving some of the UK’s most illustrious playwrights who choose a play by an upcoming writer for a special staged reading, takes place at Theatre503 on April 15, May 20 and June 24, 2013.

This year, Howard Brenton, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Caryl Churchill will present plays by Chris Urch, Clare Brown and Rita Kalnejas, directed by Theatre503’s Associate Director Tom Littler.

MONDAY, APRIL 15 – Howard Brenton presents Vote of No Confidence by Chris Urch.

We’re invisible to you aren’t we? Well not any longer. Now you can see us in all our glory. Now we’ve got your full undivided attention.

Koby’s obsessed with the Rocky movies, Jamie dreams of being eaten alive, and Craig just wants revenge. Set in present day Stockport, three siblings take the law into their own hands.

Howard Brenton is an English playwright and screenwriter. He has won the Evening Standard Award for best play twice, for Weapons Of Happiness and Pravda. In 2011, he also won the Theatregoers’ Choice Award for best new play with Anne Boleyn. His recent plays include Danton’s Death, Never So Good and Paul (National Theatre), In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe) and 55 Days (Hampstead Theatre).

His newest play, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei runs at Hampstead Theatre until Saturday, May 18, 2013 and will be live-streamed over the Internet worldwide and free on Friday, April 19. Brenton’s television work includes the BAFTA-winning Spooks.

MONDAY, MAY 20 – Timberlake Wertenbaker presents Beasts by Clare Brown.

We shit in a pit and it so disgusted the missionary that he left and when he came back he was in his little rowing boat with sixteen chamber pots. One for each home. We used them to put puffin in at breakfast.

It is the end of an era on a remote Scottish island and Clare Brown’s haunting and poetic drama takes audiences deep into the heart of a vanishing world.

Timberlake Wertenbaker is renowned as an experimental dramatist, adaptor, translator, and radio dramatist. Her plays include The Third, Abel’s Sister, The Grace of Mary Traverse, Our Country’s Good, The Love of the Nightingale, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, After Darwin, Galileo’s Daughter, Jenufa and The Line. Her translations and adaptations include Marivaux’s False Admissions, Sophocles’ The Thebans, Euripides’ Hecuba, De Filippo’s Filumena and Anouilh’s Wild Orchards.

MONDAY, JUNE 24 – Caryl Churchill presents Whistling in Bed by Rita Kalnejais.

We are no better than savages if we can’t forgive Sergeant.
He was there for ten days with no food.
He was probably delirious with hunger.
He drank from the toilet bowl.
He sat by her bed waiting for ten days before he objectified her like that.

Caryl Churchill has chosen to present this short, elliptical, and mesmerising new play; a story of savagery and tenderness.

Caryl Churchill is one of the UK’s most influential playwrights and her association with the Royal Court dates back to 1972 and her play Owners. Her other plays at the Royal Court include Seven Jewish Children, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Top Girls, This is a Chair, Far Away, A Number, Cloud Nine, Serious Money and this season, Love and Information.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

The Life of Stuff continues at Theatre503 until May 4, 2013.